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Rent assistance in Contra Costa County.

Find where to get help with rent in Contra Costa County California. The region has non-profit organizations, churches and government agencies that are committed to helping the low income. Apply for grant money to help pay rent, free motel vouchers, or get legal aid from a attorney. Locate rental assistance programs near you in Contra County CA, including the cities of Concord and Martinez.

A number of agencies offer eviction prevention to low-income tenants, seniors and the elderly. Get direct financial assistance for paying past due rental expenses, grants for security deposits on a new apartment, and access to low income housing that has no wait list.

Thousands of Contra Costa County families and people with limited income need eviction prevention help or emergency rental assistance every year. The non-profits, government agencies, and charities below are focused on helping people stay in their homes, apartments, or find a place to live. In addition to direct cash assistance or loans to help pay back rent (which can unfortunately be limited), housing counselors and/or lawyers can offer free legal advice as well as referrals.

Tenants will get help from other immediate financial resources too. A non-profit can often be a source of information on a large number of government or private rental as well as deposit assistance programs in Contra Costa County or across northern California.

Places that help with rent in Contra Costa County

Concord Family Service Center / Catholic Charities of East Bay region. The non-profit provides low income rent help and housing services to others who need assistance. The resources include, but are not limited to, housing counseling, immigration assistance or grant money, and shelter for women facing DV. There is also emergency rental assistance from the church and more.

  • They help single parents, the elderly, service economy workers and others with rent as well as housing costs. There is also free or low cost furniture for apartments, homeless shelters, and other short term accommodations, including free motel vouchers while waiting on rent payment help.

Many programs from the church revolve around providing support for housing issues in order top prevent homelessness. Several local charities are part of the organization. The main address is 3540 Chestnut Avenue, Concord, CA 94519, phone (925) 825-3099.




Community Action Agency Agency (Community Services) is a leading anti poverty fighting organization. Services range from energy bill help (LIHEAP), rent grant money to advice on fighting evictions in housing court or energy conservation. Some information on emergency grants (for rent, mortgages, moving, etc.) may be offered. Continue with Contra Costa County Community Action.

Season of Sharing Contra Costa County – Families with dependent children (including single mothers or fathers) may be able to get immediate rent assistance from this organization. There are conditions, including the family needs to be defined by welfare regulations as an unborn child and is a dependent when its mother is in her 6th month of pregnancy. They may even offer emergency rent help to single parents/pregnant mothers.

Children who are 18 but still in their last year of high school are also considered dependents and can qualify for financial aid for paying rental expenses. Dependents of the court including emancipating 18 year olds, seniors 60+, single battered women and the disabled can also apply for help, including with rent and housing. Address is 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, California 94523. Phone (925) 521-5065

Section 8 rent vouchers in Contra County CA are offered. The government affiliated organizations are the Housing Authorities as noted below. Both of these locations can help people apply for government assistance such as cash grants, low income public housing, senior assistance, or HUD section 8 vouchers. There are private income based homes too. They also have information on rent subsidized housing as well as home buying services. Or learn more on Section 8 in California.

  • 2870 Howe Rd., Martinez, CA 94553. Call (925) 957-7001
  • 2324 College Ave., San Pablo, CA 94806. Phone (925) 957-8007
  • 3133 Estudillo Street, Martinez, CA 94553. Call (925) 957-8001

Contra Costa County Veterans can get housing assistance from SSVF - Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Services range from help with moving costs to first months rent or application fees. There is also job placement, credit counseling, short term storage for possessions, and other housing support. Dial (510) 844-7500 or (510) 891-8773.

Homeless hotline can be reached at 800-808-6444 or 1-800-833-2900. This non-profit focuses on helping people with an eviction letter get rental payment help. There is also support for the currently homeless in Contra Costa County. Local agencies can help them find housing, pay rental deposits, and move into transitional housing.





Assistance for the currently homeless includes free motel vouchers or placement into homeless shelters. The prevention aspect of the non-profit includes referrals to sources of funds for back rent to counseling and landlord/tenant mediation. The client needs a plan to get on track and pay future rental and utility costs on their own.

Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services - Call your local government office for general assistance. The funds, including free grant money from CalWorks, can help with housing and rent expenses as well. There may be one time assistance for a portion of a security deposit to rehouse a family, or grants for back rent. Other case management is provided too. The main number is (877) 505-4630.

  • Address is 4545 Delta Fair Boulevard, Antioch, California 94509
  • 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
  • 1305 MacDonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801
  • Another office is at 151 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules, California 94547
  • 151 Sand Creek Road, Suite A, Brentwood, CA 94513

Contra County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a faith based church. Programs are for the poor, elderly, migrants, and vulnerable. One time rent help, funds for electric bills for low-income tenants, and job programs are available. Any funds for housing, such as rent, is limited. More on rent help from St. Vincent in Contra Costa County.

Salvation Army of Concord provides help for utility bills from REACH. This may be an option for Contra Costa County facing an eviction from their home due to unpaid energy or utility costs. Referrals may also be available to other resources, such as shelter or ESG grants for rental payments. The address is 3950 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA 94521, or dial (925) 676-6180.

Rapid Rehousing, eviction help, and rent assistance is available from agencies that are in the Crisis Center network. The goal is to stop homelessness. Support ranges from motel or hotel vouchers in Contra Costa County to grants for security deposit or rental help for single moms, the disabled, and families looking for an affordable apartment. More on Contra Costa County eviction and rehousing assistance.

Shelter offers rent help as part of homeless prevention programs. The case managers can refer clients, ranging from the working poor to disabled or veterans, to emergency rental assistance. They also provide guidance on relocating, case management and more. Some Contra Costa County families are provided a no-interest loans for their rent arrears. The center is at 333 Willow Pass Rd., Concord California. Call 925-335-0698, or learn more on SHELTER in Contra Costa County.

  • Shelter Inc. Transitional and temporary housing services are available. This will require the client to pay some of their income for their rent and energy costs, but it provides the tenant time to gain stability. One non-profit is at 925-338-1038.

Central County Homeless mostly focuses on homeless people. But information will be given to how to get first months rent or a deposit assistance, storage and more. In the meantime, free temporary housing and support is offered. The address is  2047 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, CA 94520. Phone: (925) 646-5094.

Oakland and Contra County Catholic worker helps immigrants, Latin American refugees and migrants. Basic needs, emergency housing, employment and future rent payment money all may be offered for people in a hardship. Call (510) 533-7375





Low income tenant Eviction Court help

Bay Area Legal Aid (phone 1-800-551-5554) will provide pro-bono legal assistance to help families deal with an eviction, landlord-tenant issue, or a housing court date. Lawyers can work for free. They also help low-income people and elderly apply for emergency rent help.

Eviction Defense Center. This is another firm with offices in Contra Costa County that may have free legal advice for income qualified individuals and families. The lawyers, including pro-bono ones, also help by dealing with utility disconnections, refer tenants to rent assistance programs, help immigrants, and others. Dial 510-452-4541

Pacific Community Services. For tenants that have received an eviction notice to leave an apartment or home, this non-profit can provide guidance and advice. They may also have options on rent and/or government assistance, including ESG grants. Dial 925-439-1056, or the mailing address is 329 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, California 94565.

ECHO Fair Housing only helps residents of Walnut Creek area. Free legal aid can help with eviction notices, unsafe housing, repairs, landlord disputes, and more. Dial 1-855-275-3246. The address is  22551 2nd St # 200, Hayward, CA 94541.


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